Photographer's Note

Pictured her is Castleroche Castle, Northwest of Dundalk, Co Louth.

It was built in 1236 by Rohesia De Verdun from Staffordshire in England. It is strategically positioned on a high limestone outcrop that rises above the lands around it. The castle walls drop app 100 feet on three sides to the rocky ground below.

Rohesia wanted a castle built to fortify the lands obtained by her grandfather, Betrand De Verdun, but her infamous quick temper deterred most architects from coming forward. She then offered her hand in marriage (and thereby a share in her wealth) to the man who would build the castle to her liking. Local legend has it, after their wedding banquet in the newly completed castle, she invited her husband to the bridal suite and urged him to view their estate from the large bedroom window. Taking no chances with the castle’s secrets, she promptly pushed her new husband from the window, where he plummeted towards his death on the craggy rocks below.

Today the murder window, from where he is said to have fallen from, is bricked up.

The site of the castle marked the boundary between the Gaelic province of Ulster and the Anglo-Norman 'Pale' and overlooked an ancient route into what is now south Armagh.

The castle itself comprised a great hall, which may have been up to three storeys high. Access was gained through a gatehouse with two towers. A ditch encloses this side of the castle and there may have been a drawbridge in front of the gatehouse.

For scale, visible in the shot here, the left part of the building is the gatehouse towers. By modern standards these, would be app 8 stories tall, so it is a large and very imposing building.

Built as it is on a rocky cliff, it is visible for many miles in the area.

The castle was finally laid to ruin during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland in 1641 and has been in ruins ever since. It is open to any members of the public who wish to go in and roam around inside, although not much of the inside remains.

Thanks for looking!

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